Clarissa Davies is your resident cool girl. She is studying Journalism and Media Communications at Colorado State University while also trying.

Zara DeGroot once met Harry Styles and spoke to him from a balcony, and she is assuming it’s all downhill from here. She is studying Journalism and Business at Colorado State University.


This past week was our dear friend’s 20th birthday, and to celebrate we decided to make her an ombre birthday cake. Everyone deserves a cake to celebrate their day of birth, even if they are on a no-sugar diet. It’s the law.

We nicked an ombré cake recipe from LaurenConrad.com and decided it was the one. One of these recipes is for an ombré inside with layers of different shaded cake, and the other is for an ombré frosting. We’ve tried the inside-ombré one before and it didn’t turn out the way we wanted, so we went with the ombré frosting. It is so simple and chic, and a great cake to give to one of your dearest pals. Why aren’t we seeing these more often? They should be a thing.

What you’ll need:

-3 small circular cakes

-2 tubs of buttercream, vanilla or any white frosting,

or if you want to make your own because you think you’re better than us, 32 oz. of frosting

-1 food color/dye

-3 small bowls

-3 piping bags

-an icing knife

-decorative candles

-cake tray

-a good attitude and clean hands

We aren’t going to tell you how to bake a cake because that’s common sense, people. So we will start this tutorial from when you pull the cake out of the oven. You will have baked the cake in three small pans. These three individual cakes will be stacked on top of each other. When the cake has cooled to a normal temperature, cut off the top rounded bit so both sides of it are even. This way, they will stack nicely.

Step 1: Divide the frosting into the 3 bowls, but make sure you keep some white frosting untouched. Take a food color (we went with red) and make different shades of it by adding a few extra drops to each bowl. You should end up with a light shade, a slightly darker shade, and a dark shade.

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Step 2: Now is the time to stack the cakes. This is where the white frosting will come in. Frost between the stacked cakes so the cakes stick together. This doesn’t have to be pretty — just put the frosting on and stack ’em up!

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Step 3: Once the cakes are assembled upon on another, put each shade of frosting into a separate piping bag. Take the darkest shade you have and squeeze the frosting onto the bottom cake. Take the next darkest shade and squeeze that onto the middle of the cake. Finally, take the lightest shade, and do the same for the top third and the flat top of the cake.

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Step 4: Take your icing knife and lightly scrape around the cake so the icing smoothes and forms the ombré effect. Keep doing this until it looks smooth.

ombre cake

Photo credit: Clarissa Davies

Step 5: Top with candles or whatever other cake decor you please. We let ours sit overnight to set it. Also, FYI, cake tastes real good a day after creation.

ombre cake

Photo credit: Clarissa Davies

Remember, this is artistry at it’s finest. This takes time, do not rush it. Your results will not disappoint if you are patient. Michaelangelo didn’t paint the Sistine Chapel in one day. However, keep in mind that this is your first attempt and it may not be flawless, but don’t worry, neither are you.

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

Photo credit: Zara DeGroot

 Are you going to make this ombre cake for your best friend or for a midnight snack?